Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope

Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope Lansing City Clerk is responsible for the orderly conduct of elections and the proper maintenance of city records, passports, and more.

Chris Swope has a long history of public service, having served as an Ingham County Commissioner, policy analyst for the Michigan Senate, and benefits administrator for the Michigan House of Representatives. He was elected Lansing City Clerk in November 2005 and took office on January 1, 2006. He was reelected in November 2009, November 2013, and November 2017. Chris Swope is a Past President of the Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks and also serves on the Legislative Committee and represents the association on the Council of Election Officials. He is also serving his second stint as President of the Capitol Area Municipal Clerks Association. In 2008, after less than three years as Clerk, Chris received the designation as Certified Municipal Clerk (CMC) from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks and has now achieved the Master Municipal Clerk (MMC) designation. In 2011, Chris was recognized as City Clerk of the Year by the Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks. Chris Swope's community involvement in Lansing began with serving on Mayor David Hollister's Police/Community Relations Board. In January of 2000, he was appointed to the Clinton-Eaton-Ingham Community Mental Health Board, where he continues to serve. Chris Swope took office as an Ingham County Commissioner in 2001, and was reelected twice before resigning to become Lansing City Clerk. His service on the Board of Commissioners included serving as Board Chairperson Pro Tem and Chairperson of the County Services Committee. He was also a member of the Michigan Association of Counties Environmental and Regulatory Affairs Committee. Chris Swope served as a member of the Michigan Judges Retirement Board, to which he was appointed by Governor Jennifer M. Granholm. As Lansing City Clerk, he serves on the Tri-County Office on Aging Consortium Board, and is past Chairperson; he also delivered Meals-On-Wheels through the organization. Chris Swope has also devoted time and energy to community and non-profit organizations. He has served on the Boards of both the Eastside Neighborhood Organization and the Westside Neighborhood Association. He is a past President of the Lansing Association for Human Rights (LAHR). He has sat on the Board of the Lansing Branch American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). He served two years as the Executive Director of Michigan Equality (now Equality Michigan), a statewide LGBT advocacy organization.

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13 days and counting until you can apply for and receive your ballot in-person.
09/11/2020

13 days and counting until you can apply for and receive your ballot in-person.

Question: I received an absentee ballot application for someone who no longer lives at this address.  Why are these sent...
09/10/2020

Question: I received an absentee ballot application for someone who no longer lives at this address. Why are these sent out and what can I do to stop them?

Answer: Not everyone changes their voter registration when they move. I just sent out applications to each registered voter in the City of Lansing, who hasn't requested a ballot, to give them the opportunity to vote from home. If you receive one for someone who no longer lives at your address, please mark it return to sender and put it back in the mail. We can then update our records.

Do you have a question about voting? Email the Lansing City Clerk at [email protected].
#lansingvotes

Hope everyone has a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend!
09/04/2020

Hope everyone has a safe and happy Labor Day Weekend!

21 Days until ballots for the Presidential Election will be available for early in-person voting!
09/03/2020

21 Days until ballots for the Presidential Election will be available for early in-person voting!

Welcome DeYeya Jones to the Board of Police Commissioners. Thank you for your service.
09/01/2020

Welcome DeYeya Jones to the Board of Police Commissioners. Thank you for your service.

Ballots for the Presidential Election will arrive at our office soon!
08/20/2020

Ballots for the Presidential Election will arrive at our office soon!

The Clerk's Office does not let Covid-19 stop us.  Clerk Swope was proud to give oaths outside of the South Washington E...
08/20/2020

The Clerk's Office does not let Covid-19 stop us. Clerk Swope was proud to give oaths outside of the South Washington Election Unit to the newest members of the Park Board, Brian Daniels and Jennifer Popular. He also gave the oath to the members of the MLK Jr. Blvd. Corridor Improvement Authority Board – Don "Moose" Stober, Nikki Soldan, Aini Abukar, Alexis Carnegie-Dunham, and Mike Skory.

Not pictured was Ron Wilson who joined the Public Service Board today too.

Today is Primary Election Day. We have thousands of people who still have their ballots.  Here are your options to vote ...
08/04/2020

Today is Primary Election Day. We have thousands of people who still have their ballots. Here are your options to vote today:

1) Drop off your completed ballot by 8 p.m. tonight at the drop box at either City Hall, 124 W. Michigan or South Washington Election Unit, 2500 S. Washington

2) Go vote in your precinct. If you still have your ballot, bring it and surrender it at the precinct. They will give you a new ballot to vote. Polls are open until 8 p.m.

If you are not sure where you vote, visit michigan.gov/vote

Other questions, call us at 517-483-4131. We have been here since 6 a.m. and will be answering phones until at least 10 p.m.

Lansing City Clerk’s South Washington Election Unit open for an Additional 12 Hours for Voter Convenience  Lansing – Lan...
07/31/2020
Elections | Lansing, MI

Lansing City Clerk’s South Washington Election Unit open for an Additional 12 Hours for Voter Convenience

Lansing – Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope is striving to be the most available City Clerk’s Office for voting in the State of Michigan for the August Primary. Lansing City Voters will have an additional 12 hours beyond regular office hours prior to the August 4th Primary Election to vote-in person and/or register to vote at the South Washington Election Unit.

So far, the Clerk’s Office has issued over 22,000 absentee ballots for the Primary. 61% of these ballots have been returned, but there are still roughly 8,700 ballots which must be returned by 8 p.m. the day of the election.

This is approximately 15,500 more ballots issued than in the 2018 Primary Election (6,439 ballots).

Located at 2500 S. Washington, the Election Unit offers free parking, a 24-hour secure drop box, and is conveniently located on CATA Route #2. Voting will be available at the Election Unit the following dates/times:

Saturday, August 1st 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, August 2nd 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Monday, August 3rd 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Walk-in voting is also available at the Clerk’s City Hall Office, located on the 9th floor of City Hall at 124 W. Michigan Avenue, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Monday for voting in person only. In order for an at home ballot to be counted it must be turned in by 8 pm on Election Day, August 4th, at the City Clerk’s office. Therefore, voters are encouraged to drop off their ballots at either City Hall or South Washington this close to Election Day.

For those not voting at home, the polls will be open August 4th, 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Voters who are unsure of their voting site can visit lansingmi.gov/elections or call the Lansing City Clerk at 517-483-4133. Voters who received an at home ballot but wish to vote at the polls may surrender their ballot at the precinct and receive a new ballot. If you lost your ballot or didn’t receive it in time, you are still able to go to the polls to vote. Voters are asked to wear a mask, and follow safe social distancing procedures. Masks are not required for voting. Precincts will have sanitizer, extra masks, and will be following protocols which were developed with the expert support of the Ingham County Health Department, State of Michigan Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control.

There are two exceptions in Michigan election law which restrict early voting. On the day before Election Day, no ballots can be issued after 4 p.m., except in an emergency situation. Also on Election Day, absentee ballots can only be given to people registering to vote on Election Day.

There is no longer a deadline for voter registration. Through Election Day, a citizen can come to either location of the Clerk’s Office with proof of residency, register, and vote all in one visit. Alternatively, a citizen may take their ballot with them or vote in their precinct; this option depends on which day they come in, per state law and the new constitutional amendment.

Find information on voter registration, polling locations, election results, and other election topics.

One week from election day, and we are busy getting ready to deliver equipment and supplies to the precincts. Please vot...
07/28/2020

One week from election day, and we are busy getting ready to deliver equipment and supplies to the precincts. Please vote!

07/21/2020

July 21 (Today) thru 8 p.m. on Election Day, voters may register and be eligible to vote in the August 4th Primary Election by appearing in person in the Clerk’s office and providing residency verification. There is no voter registration deadline!

Lansing City Clerk's Election Unit is located at 2500 South Washington and open 8 am - 5 p.m Monday thru Friday with late hours on Wednesdays until 7 p.m.

On Saturday, August 1 and Sunday, August 2, the Election Unit is also open 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

About 16,000 ballots going in the mail today!  Thank you to all of the volunteers who came and helped the staff prep, st...
06/25/2020

About 16,000 ballots going in the mail today! Thank you to all of the volunteers who came and helped the staff prep, stuff and seal. It takes a lot of time to process, prep and mail.

Please send in your application if you want to vote at home for the Primary and General Election. Don't delay so that you will have more options to return your ballot.

Feel free to use our secure drop box at 2500 S. Washington or City Hall for applications and ballots, no postage required.

Those who provided an email address will get a personalized email with a link which allows you to track your ballot as it travels to you from the Clerk's office. If you choose to mail your ballot back you will also be able to track its return trip.

The Lansing City Clerk’s Office is now open for early voting 40 days before every election, per changes to the Michigan ...
06/25/2020

The Lansing City Clerk’s Office is now open for early voting 40 days before every election, per changes to the Michigan Constitution. Clerk Chris Swope has open two locations for walk-in voting. Both offices will utilize the best practices for reducing the risk of COVID-19 exposure using guidelines set by the Ingham County Health Department, to ensure the safety of the public and clerk’s office staff. For everyone’s safety, masks are encouraged while in the facility, and visual cues will help voters maintain six foot social distancing.

Located at 2500 S. Washington, the Election Unit offers free parking, a 24-hour secure drop box, and is conveniently located on CATA Route #2. Voting will be available at the Election Unit Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. by following the “Vote Here” directional signs to the back of the building.

In addition, the Clerk’s Office has at the following evening and weekend hours available, only at the South Washington Election Unit, to provide additional convenience to voters:

Late Wednesdays July 1, 8, 15, 22, July 29 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday, August 1st 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, August 2nd 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Walk-in voting is also available at the Clerk’s City Hall Office, located on the 9th floor of City Hall at 124 W. Michigan Avenue, but has more limited days compared to South Washington Election Unit. Open from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. without an appointment, the Clerk’s City Hall Office will be closed to the public for the week of June 29 and the following Fridays: July 10, July 17 and July 24. Voters should also be prepared to go through security, including a wellness check, when entering City Hall. A 24-hour secure drop box is located just outside the main entrance to City Hall.

There are two exceptions in Michigan’s Election Law which restrict early voting. On the day before Election Day, no ballots can be provided after 4 p.m., except in an emergency situation. Also on Election Day, absentee ballots can only be issued to people registering to vote.

In order for a ballot to be counted it must be returned by 8 pm on Election Day, August 4th, to the City Clerk’s office. Secured drop boxes are available at the South Washington Election Unit and City Hall in order to return ballots as an alternative to mailing them. The U.S. Post Office has shared with municipal clerks that mail could take over a week to reach its destination.

For those not voting at home, the polls will be open Tuesday, August 4 from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Voters who are unsure of their voting site can visit lansingmi.gov/elections or call the Lansing City Clerk at 517-483-4133.

“I am proud that I was able to send an application to every voter so they can be made aware of the opportunity to use this convenient option to participate in our democracy,” said Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope, “I encourage the public to submit their application to vote at home sooner rather than later, so that voters will have more options to return their ballot.”

There is no longer a deadline for voter registration. Voters can register to vote in a variety of ways, including online at MI.gov/vote.

Starting on Tuesday, July 21 through Election Day, a citizen who wishes to register to vote must do so in person at the Clerk’s Office. They may come to either location of the Clerk’s Office with proof of residency, register to vote, and cast their ballot all in one visit. Alternatively, a citizen may take their ballot with them or vote in their precinct; this option depends on which day they come in, per state law and the new constitutional amendment.

Other changes to election law include: automatic voter registration when applying for, updating, or renewing a driver's license or state-issued personal identification card; election result audits; no reason absentee voting and more.

Clerk Chris Swope was just on the Guy Gordon Show on WJR Radio talking about voter list maintenance. Here's the link to ...
06/11/2020
Cumulus Detroit - Podcasts

Clerk Chris Swope was just on the Guy Gordon Show on WJR Radio talking about voter list maintenance. Here's the link to listen.

Craig DeRoche talks with Guy Gordon about why he is advocating for commutation of sentences for those close to their release to protect them from COVID. 

Lansing City Clerk’s Office is accepting appointments for U.S. Passport applications, Business Licenses and other Servic...
06/11/2020
City Clerk | Lansing, MI

Lansing City Clerk’s Office is accepting appointments for
U.S. Passport applications, Business Licenses and other Services. First Appointments start on Monday, June 15

Lansing –The Lansing City Clerk’s Office will re-open their City Hall location to the public beginning Monday, June 15. Transactions such as US Passport Application Acceptance and Notary Services, which were put on hold during the COVID-19 Stay Safe, Stay Home Order, are now available by appointment. . In addition, business license transactions and candidate filing for Lansing School Board, which were only available online, are also available in-person.

By requiring appointments, the Clerk’s Office will be able to stagger visitors to avoid delays and help ensure only one person or household will be in the office at a time. This will allow staff to maintain proper 6 foot social distancing. Public and employees entering City Hall will be required to wear a mask, if physically able.

To make an appointment, the public can visit the City Clerk’s website at lansingmi.gov/clerk or call 517-483-4131.

In effort to avoid unnecessary trips to the Clerk’s Office, the following advancements have been made: All financial transactions can now be handled online through the Clerk’s Office website, and many business licenses applications can be completed and submitted online.

Due to the Unemployment Work Share cost saving program, the Clerk’s Office on the 9th Floor of City Hall will be closed on Fridays until July 24 due to staff furloughs. Therefore, there will be no appointments available on Fridays. However, the South Washington Election Unit, which will open Thursday, June 25, will be open on Fridays and have extended hours on Wednesdays until 7 p.m. for early voting.

Over 60,000 applications to vote at home (absentee) will be mailed by the Clerk’s Office by June 15, 2020. Voters can return their applications to the secure drop boxes located outside of City Hall or the South Washington Election Unit (which is located at 2500 S. Washington). The Election Unit offers free parking and is conveniently located on CATA Route #2.

Once ballots are available on Thursday, June 25, appointments will not be required for election related transactions at either City Hall or the South Washington Election Unit.

Learn more about how the City Clerk serves the City of Lansing.

Thanks to efforts of Greetings Census Ambassadors, City of Lansing Volunteers and Employees almost 10,600 calls were mad...
06/02/2020
2020 Census | United States Census Bureau

Thanks to efforts of Greetings Census Ambassadors, City of Lansing Volunteers and Employees almost 10,600 calls were made between April 17th and May 28th to remind people in Lansing to fill out the census. That resulted in a self-response rate for the City of Lansing going from 49.7% to 64.7%!

It is not too late to respond and be counted per Census website - my2020census.gov

Census data guide how more than 675 billion dollars of federal funding is distributed to states and communities each year and every single resident in Lansing counts. These federal dollars help fund our schools, healthcare, roads and services.

For example, if 5000 people were missed in a community that could potentially lead to a loss of $90 Million (5000 x 1800 x 10 years= 90M)

Proud that the City Clerk’s Office was part of this City effort.

Learn about the 2020 Census - how to respond, and why it matters. Shape your future. START HERE.

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124 W. Michigan Avenue, 9th Floor
Lansing, MI
48933

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Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
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